Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 4/7/2017


Humboldt’s Friday Fishing Report 4/7/2017


Reports

Reports: 

CAUTION HIGH SURF ADVISORY TO FRIDAY 4PM

Most rivers will be closed for Steelhead fishing in April except the Smith will remain open through April and Mainstem Eel River from the mouth to South Fork Eel River is open all year (See Regulations). The Chetco River, Redwood Creek, Mad River, South Fork Eel River, Van Duzen River and Mattole River will close for fishing today on March 31. The weather was not any better near Shelter Cove and is now open for salmon fishing.

California’s recreational salmon fishery will open in ocean waters on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude) south to the U.S./Mexico border. The recreational salmon fishery north of Horse Mountain will remain closed for all of 2017 due to historically low numbers of Klamath River fall Chinook salmon. (Read More)Ocean conditions are not looking favorable this weekend with GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON.

Map of California including key landmarks for the recreational ocean salmon fishery

 

Chetco River- Closes March 31, 2017

Smith  Decent reports of Steelhead in the system and should be making their may back down river. Conditions are not looking favorable this weekend as the river will be rising. The season ends April 30th. Side drifting and roe have been good for Steelhead.

Klamath River – Currently high flows. Steelhead are in the river however with predicted high flows. No reports for the upper Klamath area.

Trinity River- Some Steelhead on the Upper Trinity as well as Brown Trout, where conditions are more favorable. Flies, plugs, and side-drifting have been working for Steelhead. There have not been any new reports for the CDFW Trinity River Trapping Summary.

Mad River – Closes March 31, 2017

Van Duzen- Closes March 31, 2017

Eel River- River conditions have not been  favorable on the main stem due to high flow for the main stem, however the South Fork Eel River was good for fishing this past week and there were finally some good fishing reports of Steelhead being caught! The . Side drifting have been effective for Steelhead. Mainstem Eel River from the mouth to South Fork Eel River is open all year (See Regulations).

South Fork Eel River- Closes March 31, 2017 

  • On April 3, the Van Arsdale Fish Count Station reported “The Chinook count stands at 435 (Male 191, Female 188, Jack 56). A total of 13 steelhead was trapped this week. The steelhead count stands at 57 (Male 26, Female 31). Pacific lamprey are on the move at the station. The flex tube and video monitoring equipment utilized last year were reinstalled on Thursday/Friday. Hopefully, I can provide some preliminary counts next week.”

Ocean Reports:

Recreational Ocean Salmon Regulations

California’s recreational salmon fishery will open in ocean waters on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude) south to the U.S./Mexico border. The recreational salmon fishery north of Horse Mountain will remain closed for all of 2017 due to historically low numbers of Klamath River fall Chinook salmon. (Read More).

Anglers Can Retain Canary Rockfish in 2017

Rockfish to Open May 1 for Boat Based Anglers

Dungeness Crab and Shellfish

The recreational fishery for Dungeness crab (Metacarcinus magister) is open from November 5, 2016 through July 30, 2017. The daily bag limit is 10 crab, and the minimum size limit is 5¾ inches. Note that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) advises that consumers not eat the viscera (internal organs, also known as “butter” or “guts”) of crabs caught north of Point Reyes. Recreational crabbing is not allowed from vessels licensed for commercial Dungeness crab fishing. Review new crabbing regulations that went into effect on August 1, 2016, link opens in new windowcrab measurement methods (PDF),and the current Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet for more Dungeness crab fishing information.

For the latest information concerning Dungeness crab season dates, consumption advisories related to domoic acid, and related information, please access one of the following sources:
  • Call the CDFW Domoic Acid Fishery Closure Information Line at (831) 649-2883 for the latest status of the Dungeness crab season.
  • Call the CDPH Shellfish Biotoxin Information line at: (510) 412-4643 or toll-free at (800) 553-4133 for updated crab consumption advisories, or check CDFW’s Finfish and Shellfish Health Advisories web page.

More info on our Sport Fishing Regulations page.


Ocean Sportfishing Regulations

42°00 N. Latitude (Oregon Border) to 40°10 N. Latitude (near Cape Mendocino in Humboldt County)

Open Fishing Seasons


River Flow

All North Coast rivers are high and very dangerous. Some portions of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers will be subjected to low flow fishing closures during dry times of the year.

The low flow closure hotline for North Coast rivers is 707-822-3164.


Weather Forecast (Coastal)

Today
Showers. High near 55. South southwest wind 18 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tonight
Rain before midnight, then showers likely after midnight. Low around 44. South southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday
Showers likely, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. West southwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Saturday Night
A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.
Sunday
A 20 percent chance of rain after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. East southeast wind 8 to 11 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Sunday Night
Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 47. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Monday
A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Tuesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 57.
Tuesday Night
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Wednesday
Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 58.
Wednesday Night
Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 47.
Thursday
Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.

Ocean Conditions

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
914 AM PDT FRI APR 7 2017

PZZ400-072215-
914 AM PDT FRI APR 7 2017

SYNOPSIS FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WATERS
SOUTHERLY GALES THIS
MORNING WILL GRADUALLY DECREASE INTO THE AFTERNOON AS THE
PRESSURE GRADIENT RELAXES BEHIND AN EXITING STORM SYSTEM. STEEP
SEAS WILL DIMINISH THROUGH THE DAY BUT A LARGE SWELL WILL
MAINTAIN ELEVATED SEAS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. ANOTHER WEAKER
STORM IS EXPECTED TO BRING FRESH SOUTH WINDS TO THE WATERS LATE
THIS WEEKEND.


PZZ450-072215-
PT ST GEORGE TO CAPE MENDOCINO OUT 10 NM-
914 AM PDT FRI APR 7 2017

GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON


TODAY
SW WINDS 25 TO 35 KT WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 45 KT...
EASING TO 10 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 KT. WAVES SW
18 FT AT 10 SECONDS. SHOWERS.

TONIGHT
SW WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. WAVES W 14 FT AT 12 SECONDS.
RAIN.

SAT
SW WINDS 5 TO 15 KT...EASING TO UP TO 5 KT. WAVES W
10 FT AT 11 SECONDS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

SAT NIGHT
S WINDS 5 KT. WAVES W 9 FT AT 11 SECONDS.

SUN
S WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. WAVES W 8 FT AT 11 SECONDS.

MON
NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES W 12 FT AT 14 SECONDS.

TUE
W WINDS UP TO 5 KT. WAVES W 8 FT AT 13 SECONDS.

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